Yale PA Online Students Provide College Students with Guidance to Mark National PA Week
In what has become a tradition, Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) Online students marked National PA Week in October by engaging with college students. This year the visits were virtual because of COVID-19. Providing guidance about PA school—including the application process—and information about the role of PAs led the Yale PA Online students to reflect on their own paths to PA school.
Biden Taps Three Experts with Yale Ties to Lead COVID-19 Advisory Board
President-elect Joe Biden has named three public health experts with close Yale ties to lead his transition team’s new COVID-19 advisory board, including Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, an authority on the pandemic’s disproportionate effect on communities of color.Source: Yale News
Medical Humanities In a Pandemic: Essential and Critical
Soon after our universities went virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a medical student approached one of us to talk about Dr. Bernard Rieux, the doctor-protagonist in Albert Camus’ The Plague (La Peste, 1947). “Do you relate to him?” she asked. Rieux describes fighting the plague as an act of “common decency” and labors stoically to reverse its devastating progress in his Algerian town of Oran; many of us caring for patients with COVID in the earliest weeks were, in contrast, perturbed, anxious, and anything but calm.Source: Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal
Alumni-supported Social Justice Scholars Program Provides Important Support for Student Research
The disparate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color in the United States, combined with highly visible incidents of police brutality committed against Black men and women, have led to protests and advocacy efforts to address systemic racism across the country—and have impacted the priorities of many Yale School of Medicine (YSM) MD students, faculty, and alumni.
Older Adults Teaching Health Care Professional Students During COVID-19 Pandemic
In September, 235 first-year Yale MD, Physician Associate (PA), and Graduate Entry Pre-specialty in Nursing (GEPN) students practiced patient-centered interviewing with over 200 volunteers aged 65 and older—virtually. Beyond gaining early telehealth experience, the students had the opportunity to incorporate questions about the “4Ms”—mobility, medication, mentation, and what matters most—into conversations with older adults.
Damien Fair ‘01, YSM Physician Associate Program Alumnus, Receives MacArthur Fellowship
Damien Fair ‘01, MMSc, an alumnus of Yale School of Medicine’s Physician Associate Program, is one of 21 individuals that the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recognized as 2020 MacArthur Fellows.
Advocating for a Shift From Race-based to Race-conscious Medicine
Cerdeña, Plaisime, and Tsai , according to Cerdeña, saw this commitment to action as an opportunity “to speak to longstanding issues of race-based medicine.” In their article, the authors state that medicine “is an institution of structural racism” and that a pervasive example of this is race-based medicine, “the system by which research characterising race as an essential, biological variable translates into clinical practice, leading to inequitable care.”
Promoting the success of women and minority physician-scientists in academic medicine: a dean’s perspective
“The mission of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) is to support the scientific efforts, educational needs, and clinical aspirations of physician-scientists to improve the health of all people”(1). For leaders in academic medicine, the development of physician-scientists is among our most important charges. If we perform this task well, all our trainees and faculty can reach their full potential to make discoveries and to improve health. In reality, however, we can do better in advancing the academic careers of women and those traditionally underrepresented in medicine (URiM).Source: The Journal of Clinical Investigation
HAVEN Free Clinic's Annual 5K Goes Virtual
Yale students active with the HAVEN Free Clinic creatively adapted their practices when COVID-19 began impacting New Haven to ensure they safely could continue to serve their patients. Similarly, the students have resourcefully altered their annual fundraiser— the ¡ANDA! 5K— to ensure they can continue to fund HAVEN’s operations. The 5K typically raises about 70% of the clinic’s operating budget.
White Coats Are Presented to "Historic" Physician Associate Class of 2022
“The White Coat Ceremony is a milestone in your professional formation. It marks the point in time when you take your first steps towards becoming a clinician. We needed to physically bring you together in one place to mark that occasion.”
OGHE Student Coordinators Launch Online Pilot Global Health Program
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of international interdisciplinary collaboration on global public health issues has become clear. Autumn Nobles and Hanya Qureshi, Yale School of Medicine (YSM) second-year MD students, have responded to the need for such collaboration by developing a series of 11 educational forums with students at schools in international settings, and launching Yale Global Health Students United for Regional and Global Education (YGH SURGE).
Monica Ferrer Socorro '20, MD, Focused on a Career in Global Health
The strong global health program at Yale School of Medicine (YSM) was a “huge incentive” for Monica Ferrer Socorro ’20, MD, to attend Yale. Ferrer Socorro, a native of Venezuela, arrived at YSM with a focus on gaining experience working with underserved populations, learning about migrant health issues, and building networks that would enable her to have a positive impact on global health throughout her career.
2020 Graduates of Xiangya Yale Program to Advance Leadership Skills
On August 5, 2020, the Office of Global Health Education (OGHE) celebrated South Central University’s Xiangya School of Medicine’s third cohort of medical students to participate in a two-year research program at Yale School of Medicine.